Coronavirus: the state of care
Please note: this information was correct at time of publishing (13 March 2020) – please consult government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
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“Hi, my name’s Andrew and I’m from www.caresourcer.com, a website that helps people find care.
However, today I’m talking to you about the current situation within the care market as a result of the coronavirus and there’s a few things to update on.
The first thing is that the sector already has 120,000 vacancies unfilled so if 20% of care workers were to self-isolate that unfortunately would mean that 200,000 vacancies and roles would be unfilled. That’s likely to lead to a shortage of care and a consideration for families would be how are we going to step in and support those providers when those care services are struggling.
The next thing is that we know from our own research that up to 20% of care providers are unsure if they will be admitting new clients to their care services over the next four-week period, obviously to try to mitigate against infection spreading. That might make things more difficult for new people trying to find care services but equally, still says that there’s a large proportion of providers that are still accepting new clients and you might just have to look a bit harder to find those care services for your loved ones.
A few other things to think about would be:
- It is likely that recruitment will be very tough in this sector over the next period of time as people aren’t going to interviews. That again will put a strain on the staff and the staffing levels in the sector
- Care homes might restrict the amount of visitors going to those care homes which again might mean that you have less opportunity to meet face-to-face with your loved one.
- How are you going to stay in contact with your loved one if either you are isolating or they become more isolated?
- How are you going to think about stepping in to support that care provider when they have staff shortages
If you are looking for care services for the first time our advice would be keep trying, don’t give up, there are still lots of services out there are still happy to and able to accept new clients – you can search in your area here. For more information please go to www.caresourcer.com/corona-virus.”